Socializing and Solitude: An Introvert Manages Both

But if it is the dreamy idleness that children have, an idleness when you walk alone for a long, long time, or take a long, dreamy time at dressing, or lie in bed at night and thoughts come and go, or dig in a garden, or drive a car for many hours alone …With all […]

Touring Without Guilt: Balancing Your Passions With Raising a Family

Years ago I watched a Larry King interview with country music legend, Garth Brooks. Garth spoke openly about the reasons for his retirement in 2001. His first marriage was ending. He’d been on the road for months at a time and hadn’t been a good partner. He felt guilty for not being home with his […]

Joy, Rump Shaking and the Dalai Lama

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 in Parenting, Popular Posts | 15 Comments

Joie de vivre or the joy of life is one of my core values.  Back in December of last year my life coach, Nancy* ( largely responsible for me consciously knowing my core values) requested that I take joie de vivre as my buddy for the week.  She even suggested  I use compassion and creativity (also […]

Why I'm Considering Writing Fiction;)

When I started this blog I made a personal goal of one post per week for three months.  Up until this week (week four) there was no problem.  This week I wrote or revised three different pieces as possibilities.  Each one was honest and meaningful.  Each one involved other people.  One by one they became […]

Space 2 Hide

I escape to personal retreats for three reasons: 1.  To avoid being engulfed by the needs and desires of my house, family and friends. I often feel overcome by appliance repairs, school projects, doctor’s appointments and busy-ness.  I take on my family and friend’s pain or disappointment.  I hyper-feel their need for my attention.  If I don’t hide, […]

House Plants and Motorcycles

House Plants and Motorcycles

As a kid I spent a good share of my time watching television or playing upstairs in my room.  I quietly raised six dolls and alphabetized my book collection.  I read Anne of Green Gables and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  I worked on a book about a ten-year old girl whose parents divorced (coincidentally so did mine).  As […]